Dear Readers,

As the sun shines brighter and the temperatures climb higher during these summer months, I’ve been known to get bitten by the travel bug. While I love taking trips with family and friends, sometimes that kind of escape just isn’t in the cards. Thank goodness for books that can transport us to faraway times and places and allow us to expand our horizons from the comfort of home! As you escape into this season’s book club picks, you’ll dance at a Regency-era ball, uncover dark secrets in a gated suburban community, seize second chances in small-town Texas, and join the resistance in a fight against injustice at home and abroad. These reads will fully envelop you in their worlds, and I hope they’ll make you feel as moved and enriched as they did for me.

Be sure to head on over to too for more bookish fun, and look for my next round of recommendations in the magazine’s fall issue! More Down Home Reads are on the way, so don’t go far, y’all!


Happy Reading,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi's Current Book Selections

I’m so excited welcome you all back to Honey Creek, Texas, a little town nestled in the rolling hills bordering the Brazos River! Born of their weekly chats to reminisce about the old days, join the quartet of Honey Creek’s most esteemed elders as they embark on a journey of self-discovery to chase second chances and erase regrets. The idea proves contagious and soon the whole town is inspired to seize their unfulfilled dreams!

Casting light into one of the darkest periods of World War II, acclaimed author V.S. Alexander’s powerful historical novel tells of two Jewish sisters - one imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto and the other who joins the Special Operations Executive in a daring attempt to free her family from the ever-tightening Nazi stranglehold.

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the first in a new Regency era historical romance series featuring three skilled young women who decide to become 19th century party planners rather than follow more conventional path their society dictates as wives and governesses. Leaning into their individual talents for fashion, food, and music to organize the biggest and best bashes the ton has ever seen, when these women band together nothing is impossible - even finding a match of their own!

Welcome to the most exclusive neighborhood in the bucolic small town of River Glen, Oregon. It’s a luxury development with pristine lawns and steep price tags, but behind every door and every smile, there are grudges that run deep and dangerous. And secrets no one lives to tell… Fans of chilling, twisty romantic thrillers will want to move right in!

As the Civil War rages, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past in this thrilling historical romance by New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Cole.

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